Three Questions to Ask Your Seedstock Producer
American Red Angus Magazine
As winter rolls around, beef producers begin looking forward to bull sale season. While there are loads of data available to review prior to purchasing a new herd sire, there is also something to be said about putting your boots on the ground and spending some time at your seedstock producer’s operation to see how they manage their herds.
Choosing a Supplement for the Cowherd
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
The spring of 2019 delayed hay harvest in many parts of the state. This delay resulted in much of the hay being harvested at mature stages. Fescue was in full flower to soft-dough stage or even more mature in some cases. Mature forages have greater cell wall and lower digestibility.
Masters Of Beef Advocacy Program Helps Beef Producers be AgAdvocates for Their Industry
Oklahoma Farm Report
“Grassroots Advocacy is a flagship by our Masters of Beef Advocacy program at NCBA, kind of under our checkoff programs, and that can encompass a lot. For us, it involves helping farmers and ranchers to tell the story of how cattle are raised. So consumers that are asking questions about beef can have a person to speak to.
Groups Call Packers and Stockyards Rule a Small Step
Groups that have campaigned for strong rules to protect farmers and ranchers from anticompetitive business practices in meatpacking and processing said Friday that the rule proposed by the Trump administration to make changes to the Packers and Stockyards Act scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on Monday is at best only a small step.
Taking stock: Exploring U.S. cow herd composition
Commercial cow-calf producers responding to BEEF’s exclusive genetics survey offer a snapshot that’s likely in keeping with prevalent views about genetic composition of the nation’s cow herd, as well as expectations when it comes to buying bulls. However, some will also find a few surprises along the way.
What is sexed semen and how can it be incorporated into your herd?
Carson Andersen and Jordan Thomas
Sexed semen can be produced using a flow cytometry and sorting process or via another process that selectively destroys sperm cells carrying the undesired chromosome. With about 90% accuracy, sexed semen allows producers to effectively choose whether a mating results in a bull or heifer calf.
Proper Use of the Bovine Esophageal Feeder
Ragan Adams, DVM, Eric McPhail, MS,
Colorado State University
The bovine esophageal feeder was designed to treat sick calves with fluids and to administer colostrum to newborn calves. Proper technique is critical to success. The esophageal feeder can cause damage to the animal if used improperly. Start with the properly sized bovine esophageal feeder. They can be found at the local feed store in three different sizes: 1) calves, 2) yearling steers and 3) adult cows.
Wet Conditions Affecting Winter Feeding
Recent rainfall across the state has many cattle producers dipping deeper into their winter feeding supplies. “There are many areas of the state where hay supplies are tightening,” said Kent Stanford, an Alabama Extension assistant professor specializing in animal science and forages. “Also, the wet conditions over the last several weeks have increased the nutritional demands of cow herds.” These conditions leave many producers wondering what they can do to extend their supplies. Luckily, there are several resources and strategies available for producers during times like this.
13 Animal AgTech Innovators Transforming the Livestock Industry
With escalating demand from consumers for better animal welfare and improved sustainability across the livestock sector, new disruptive innovations are emerging to enable farmers to monitor the health of their herds in real-time, prevent disease outbreaks, and optimize nutrition.
Tips for Introducing New Corn Silage
Silage (starch) digestibility will always be lower in the first three to six months following ensiling. Dairy producers can expect a drop in production during this time frame. To help avoid this slump, gradually adapt cows to the new silage with a step-up program in defined increments.